How’s that post-racial thing working out for you?

Matthew Hoy
By Matthew Hoy on September 25, 2010

Friday morning, while most of the media was focused like a laser on a comedian performing like a court jester on Capitol Hill, Christoper Coates was testifying that the Obama Justice Department was refusing to prosecute blacks for crimes against whites.

"I had people who told me point-blank that [they] didn't come to the voting rights section to sue African American people," said Coates, who transferred to the U.S. attorney's office in South Carolina in January. "When you are paid by the taxpayer, that is totally indefensible."

Coates was hired during the Clinton Administration and was promoted to head the Voting Rights Section of the Civil Rights Division under George W. Bush – a fact that some on the panel believed made him a “Bushie.”

Coates’ highly-charged testimony before the Civil Rights Commission echoed those allegations, as well as the testimony of J. Christian Adams, one of Coates’ colleagues in the voting rights section. However, Coates’s charges may carry greater weight because he worked decades ago as an attorney for the American Civil Liberties Union, has won awards from civil rights groups and lacks the partisan GOP resume of the department’s harshest opponents.

Coates appears to be a stand-up guy, unlike Justice Dept. IG Glenn Fine.

In his testimony yesterday, Coates took issue with the Inspector General’s finding that Bush Administration political appointees, including acting civil rights division head Bradley Schlozman, acted improperly by using political litmus tests when hiring new lawyers for the unit.

“Mr. Schlozman found a Civil Rights Division that was almost totally left-liberal in the basis of the ideology of the people who were working in it. And he made some concerted effort to diversify the division so that conservatives as well as liberals could find work there,” said Coates. “I found the criticism by the career management in the Civil Rights Division that Mr. Schlozman had hired on ideological grounds to be akin to Pete Rose criticizing Willie Nelson for not paying his federal income tax.”

Post-racial? Like everything else Obama claimed to be during the campaign, that too was a lie.


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